A campaign to get everyone talking with babies and young children under three years.

What is Talking Matters?

A campaign to get everyone talking with babies and young children under three years.

Our vision is for all babies and young children to thrive as thinkers, talkers and readers. 

We are a not-for-profit and we provide the programme free of cost in your community.

Why Talking Matters

Talking is particularly important in the first 1000 days when children's brains are forming. 

80% of brain development takes place in the first 1000 days and interactive communication plays a key part in that process.


Back and forth, responsive communication with baby sets them up for life.  Talk is foundational for emotional and social well-being as well as for learning.


Babies thrive in a rich language environment, in the language(s) of their whanau, their heritage, and their home.

What we do

Inspire action – we want everyone to know how important it is to talk with babies and young children.


Support action – to ensure that all babies and young children experience rich language environments, in homes, communities and ECEs.


Demand action – we advocate for every child to be guaranteed access to rich language environments as a fundamental right.

Van Hees, J. (2011). "The expressive realities of five-and six-year old students in Year 1 and 2 classes in low-socio-economic schools." SET 43: 47-54

Van Hees, J. (2011). "The expressive realities of five-and six-year old students in Year 1 and 2 classes in low-socio-economic schools." SET 43: 47-54

How we do it

We collaborate with communities to spread talking matters messages and strategies, whānau to whānau, school to school.


We partner with organisations and early education services to co-design and deliver intensive programmes powered by LENA® “talk pedometer” technology.


We collect data and research to build the evidence base for the role of early oral language in child development and whanau wellbeing.


We share resources that shine a light on the power of talk.


Submission on early learning

Our Talking Matters submission on the Early Learning Strategic Plan draws on contributions from 28 Talking Matters Network members at our February meeting. 

Find out more

Blog: Explore New Territories

Talking Matters director Alison Sutton joined 3,400 practitioners, researchers and policy makers at the Zero To Three Conference in Denver. "It was incredibly stimulating.Talking Matters will be drawing on the insights for months to come." 

News: Why Talking Matters in the First 1000 Days

Talking Matters director Alison Sutton presented at the NEXT Foundation annual breakfast in Wellington, calling for early talk to be top of the government's child wellbeing agenda. Find out more and watch the impact videos

 

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